Message Queue Trigger: Kind Keda

Keda based Message Queue Trigger

This is a new feature getting released in 1.11.

Brief Introduction

Message queue trigger integration with KEDA has enabled autoscaling of trigger handler. Now, there are two kinds of message queue triggers:

  1. fission
  2. keda

Message queue trigger kind can be specified using “mqtkind” flag. By default, “mqtkind” is set to “fission” which creates regular message queue trigger. To create message queue trigger of kind keda one must specify “mqtkind=keda”.


  1. The user creates a trigger - for Keda based integration you have to specify the “mqtkind=keda” and add all relevant parameters. These parameters are different for each message queue and hence are encapsulated in a metadata field and follow a key-value format. As soon as you create the MQ Trigger, Fission creates a ScaledObject and a consumer deployment object which is referenced by ScaledObject. The ScaledObject is a Keda’s way of encapsulating the consumer deployment and all relevant information for connecting to an event source! Keda goes ahead and creates a HPA for the deployment and scales down the deployment to zero.
  2. As the message arrives in the event source - the Keda will scale the HPA and deployment from 0 - to 1 for consuming messages. As more messages arrive the deployment is scaled beyond 1 automatically too.
  3. The deployment is like an connector which consumes messages from the source and then calls a function.
  4. The function consumes the message and returns the response to deployment pods, which puts the response in response topic and errors in error topic as may be applicable.



  • KEDA must be installed on your cluster
  • Message queue trigger KEDA integration should be enabled.

To enable integration set the value “enabled: true” under “mqt_keda” in charts/fission-all/values.yaml or charts/fission-core/values.yaml depending on your installation.

When you a create message queue trigger of kind keda, it creates a ScaledObject and a TriggerAuthentication. The ScaledObjects represent the desired mapping between an event source (e.g. Apache Kafka) and the Kubernetes deployment. A ScaledObject may also reference a TriggerAuthentication which contains the authentication configuration or secrets to monitor the event source. For successful creation of these objects, user should specify the following fields while creating a message queue trigger.

  1. pollinginterval: Interval to check the message source for up/down scaling operation of consumers
  2. cooldownperiod: The period to wait after the last trigger reported active before scaling the consumer back to 0
  3. minreplicacount: Minimum number of replicas of consumers to scale down to
  4. maxreplicacount: Maximum number of replicas of consumers to scale up to
  5. metadata: Metadata needed for connecting to source system in format: –metadata key1=value1 –metadata key2=value2
  6. secret: Name of secret object (secret fields must be similarly specified as in mentioned for particular scaler)

Apache Kafka

Lets create message queue trigger with information of the kafka scaler with no sasl auth enabled described here.

$ fission mqt create --name mqttest --function consumer --mqtype kafka \
--mqtkind keda --topic test-topic --resptopic response-topic \
--errortopic error-topic --maxretries 3 --metadata bootstrapServers=localhost:9092 \
--metadata consumerGroup=my-group --metadata topic=test-topic \
--metadata lagThreshold=50 --pollinginterval=30

For complete tutorial refer this blog post.



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